Sanctuary

by TAK Erzinger

When sadness swells in me,
I turn to the path, the one less travelled,
I listen to my feet beat against the ground below me
keeping time with my heart
and at the water’s edge, I catch the heron’s joy,
it’s contagious
I arrive at peace between the trees
as they rise to meet the sun
unconcerned by the worries of the world
for a moment I am a conduit of wild things
unincumbered
I exist under a naked sky
just another creature in the woods
free, I can finally rest for a moment.

TAK Erzinger is an American/Swiss poet and artist with a Colombian background. Her poetry has been featured in Bien Acompañada from Cornell University, The Muse from McMaster University, River and South Review, Welter and more. Her debut chapbook entitled, “Found: Between the Trees” was published by Grey Border Books, Canada, in 2019. Erzinger’s most recent poetry collection “At the Foot of the Mountain,” Floricanto Press, California 2021, has won the University of Indianapolis, Whirling Prize 2021 for best nature poetry book. She is a staff writer for Alebrijes Review. She lives in a Swiss valley with her husband and cats.

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